BRENTWOOD -- Like the parents and grandparents who watch in awe as their children create art, Brentwood Art Wine & Jazz Festival volunteer Kathy Barr also admires the creativity of the young budding artists at the festival each year.
While Barr will be busy chairing the 11th annual event at the Streets of Brentwood this weekend, the former elementary schoolteacher said that she will definitely make time to watch the children paint on 12 large easels, mold clay sculptures and create musical instruments. The popular children's area will also feature music and movement sessions this year and will be managed by Brentwood's Dainty Center/Willow Wood School.
"One of our goals was bringing back the family fun to the festival," Barr said of the event, which is expected to draw about 15,000 people this Saturday and Sunday.
This year, Heritage High School will join Liberty High School art students in creating massive sidewalk chalk art scenes near the Rave theater. Again, there will be an approximately 40-foot wall of art showcasing works created by local students.
"It should be called Art, Wine, Jazz and Kids," said Brentwood Art Society member and owner of the Gallery on Second Jack Gaughan of the festivities. "The adults and children like to see art as exhibited by school-age kids. The street painting public art was very popular last year."
Although the event has grown significantly since its move from downtown to the Streets
"Ours is more of a gentle, family-friendly event," he said.
On Saturday night, Barr said that the event is transformed from a day of family fun into more of a sophisticated evening among adults listening to jazz music and enjoying beer and local wine. Six wineries will be represented, along with one beer trailer with six taps and four food vendors featuring everything from Mexican and Indian cuisine to wood-fired pizza and Brentwood Fine Meats.
"They take the kids home and the parents come back," Barr said. "It turns into a Saturday evening date night."
Streets of Brentwood General Manager Jane Reid said that the festival really fits with the lifestyle center's ambience of an easy shopping experience where visitors stroll, relax and dine. Visitors will be able to admire and purchase art from artists in East County, Livermore, Walnut Creek and beyond in the Artist Garden.
There is also talk of bringing the festival back to downtown Brentwood in the newly revamped City Park as early as next year. According to Barr, both locations have their advantages.
"The old-timers all want it to be back downtown," said Gaughan.
What: 2012 Brentwood Art Wine & Jazz Festival
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road, Brentwood